Surrey Heath Draft Local Plan Issues Options/Preferred Options, 2018

Renewable and Low Carbon Energy Schemes

6.43 There are currently no large scale stand-alone renewable energy schemes in the Borough and to date there has been no indication from energy companies to develop such schemes. The Local Plan will cover the period to 2032 and there may be future requirements for such schemes and any other suitable new or alternative technologies in place during the lifetime of the Local Plan.

6.44 Wind resource in the Borough is low and therefore renewable energy is unlikely to come forward in this way.

6.45 There may be opportunities for schemes such as combined heat and power schemes, biomass or decentralised heat energy, ground source heat pumps, solar as well as smaller stand- alone schemes within developments , including community led initiatives.

6.46 Any schemes would need to have regard to ensuring there is no detrimental or adverse impact on the Thames Basin Heaths SPA and other important biodiversity sites, including Sites of Special Scientific Importance (SSSI's) and Sites of Nature conservation Importance (SNCIs) , Green Belt and Countryside beyond the Green Belt, Conservation areas, heritage assets and residential amenity.


National Policy Context

6.47 In the preparation of this section regard has been had to paragraphs 93-98 of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), 2012 which sets out the Government's approach to promoting from renewable and low carbon sources.

6.48 National Planning Guidance on renewable energy sets out particular planning consideration for some sources of renewable energy.

View the national policies relating to climate change and renewable energy, located within the online version of the Government's NPPF.


Local Strategies and Evidence

6.49 The preferred policy approach would support the objectives set out in Surrey Heath's Five Year Strategy 2016-2021. One of the council's principal objectives is to encourage sustainable living and construction.

View the full version of Surrey Heath's Five Year Strategy, located on the Council's website.

6.50 The following policies will be replaced in the new Local Plan (2016-2032).

Relevant Policies in the adopted Core Strategy & Development Management Policies DPD 2012

Policy CP2 Sustainable Development and Design

Policy DM7 Facilitating Zero Carbon Development

Policy DM8 Stand Alone Decentralised Renewable and Low Carbon Energy Schemes

Policy DM9 Design Principles

Policy DM10 Development and Flood Risk


Draft Objectives for Renewable and Low Carbon Energy Schemes 

6.51 The following table sets out the draft objective for renewable energy in the Issues and Options/Preferred Options consultation draft.

Objective H

To ensure that opportunities for renewable energy, including any new technologies that may come forward through the lifetime of the Local Plan, address any adverse impacts, including impact on landscape and character


Policy Approaches to Renewable and Low Carbon Energy Schemes

6.52 The preferred policy approach and an alternative approach are set out below.

Preferred Policy Approach to Renewable and Low Carbon Energy Schemes

The aim of this policy approach is to ensure that any adverse impacts from opportunities for Renewable and Low Carbon Energy Schemes are satisfactorily addressed, including landscape and visual impacts by having a policy that:

  • Recognises the opportunities for providing renewable and low carbon energy schemes (including other suitable new or alternative technologies that may come forward during the lifetime of the Local Plan) in new developments, community-led schemes and those incorporated into existing developments.
  • Sets out that developers must demonstrate how they will address the impacts of the schemes in relation to designated sites of European, national, regional and local biodiversity importance, Green Belt and Countryside Beyond the Green Belt, heritage assets, local highway networks and residential amenity

Alternative Approach to Renewable and Low Carbon Energy Schemes

To not have a policy and to consider proposals on a site by site basis having regard to other policies in the Local Plan.